Speaker Series Event – “Ensuring Relevancy”

On January 7, 2015, in Speakers, by Walker News

Join us on Wednesday, January 28 from 5-7 p.m. for a panel discussion featuring Chuck Feltz, senior partner and president of global products group of Korn Ferry, and Todd Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc.  During this event, Feltz and Schnuck will share experiences from industry leaders and offer insights on how organizations can remain relevant to their consumers and industries.

“Ensuring Relevancy”
Wednesday, January 28

Networking Reception from 5 -6 p.m.
Panel Discussion from 6-7 p.m.
Webster University’s East Academic Building, Room 102
545 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119
RSVP to attend this free event.

If you are unable to attend, a recording of the presentation will be made available on the Walker School’s website a few weeks after the event.

About the Panelists

Chuck Feltz has been a C-level executive leader of five companies, ranging in size and scope from an international startup to a $1 billion Fortune 500 organization. He served as president and COO of Lifetouch National School Studios, where he led his team to establish a successful new strategic direction and brand-repositioning strategy driven by digital technology changes.

As president of Deluxe Corporation’s Deluxe Financial Services, he and his team successfully repositioned this $800 million business by developing an innovative business-to-business vision and strategy and drove record profitability. He also took over responsibility as president for Direct Checks Unlimited, a $300 million direct-to-consumer business.

Previously, he was president and CEO of Deluxe Government Services, guiding a turnaround of this government electronic benefits delivery business, and president of Deluxe-HCL, where he led the startup of an international business process outsourcing company in New Delhi.

His innovative business-to-business strategic work has been featured in industry press and business books. He is a regular lecturer at several graduate schools of business and has been featured as a speaker at numerous business conferences, including the American Marketing Association, Brand Manage Camp, and the Conference Board in New York.

He is the co-author of the book, Never By Chance: Aligning People and Strategy Through Intentional Leadership.

He received his master’s degree in business management from Webster University and bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.

Todd Schnuck is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc.  Prior to his current position, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer (2006-2014), as Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (1988-2006) and treasurer (1987-1988).  He began his business career in the Investment Banking division at A.G. Edwards & Sons prior to joining Schnuck Markets, Inc., his family’s company, in January of 1987.

In addition to his current role, he serves on several boards, including:  Commerce Bancshares, Inc.; Food Marketing Institute; Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Civic Progress; United Way; Fair St. Louis Foundation; Urban League; and University of Virginia.

Surviving the Work Tsunami Disaster

On January 5, 2015, in Career Insight, by Walker News

“What do you mean, I don’t have a job? I’ve been with the company for years.”

It’s at this time you really feel like the tsunami wave just hit you. All of a sudden you are looking for a way to catch your breath and start figuring out a way to swim to dry land! You are looking for a way to stand on something that won’t slip out from under your feet! Here are a few questions you need answers to and fast!

  • How long will I have to find a job until my funds run out? What’s the average amount of time it takes for an individual to find a job?
  • What’s my cost to use COBRA insurance and how long can I use this insurance? Can I afford it?
  • Where do I go to find a job fast! Where are the openings?
  • What am I qualified to do? Most importantly, where is the last resume I drafted?

Immediately move Into CAREER RECOVERY!

Here are five steps that you can take to recover from your career tsunami disaster:

1.) Grieve your loss – It is natural to have a wave of feelings such as anger, depression or even stress.  At this time the question “Why” is the question that keep snagging you for an answer. “Why me?” The key question that will move you on to a new career is, “What are the next steps I need to take with the facts I currently know are true?” It’s refocusing your mind to look forward and not looking back on “woulda, coulda, shoulda.“ The faster you can shift, the better off you will be. Identify your feelings and grieve your loss. It’s healthy!

2.) Inventory & gather facts – Take a close look at your career path.  Look at each career step you made and find the common denominator.  Find the clues in your past employment cycle and identify what works for you. Too many individuals look at education as a method for finding direction into what career they should pursue. They should look first at their previous career. Past success patterns can help you identify the right career fit and whether or not you need additional schooling or training.  If you don’t find your success patterns, you could fall into the trap of becoming a “Professional Student.”

3.) Position yourself as a valuable contributor – I often ask jobseekers what career target they are marketing themselves for.  I hear things like, “Well I could do this or I have some interest in that or I could also do this job because I have some training in this other area…” I recently talked with someone that had several degrees. She was educated but lacked a marketing focus. As she continued to talk, I quickly realized that one reason why she couldn’t find career success was because she was playing the role of a beggar rather than a valuable contributor.

4.) Seek advisors – If you are having trouble moving on  from asking “Why” to “What do I do next,” than you might need a counselor to help you work through the steps of grieving.  It has nothing to do with being smart enough.  It has everything to do with getting to a solution, with the least time, money and heartache.

When buying a house we seek out a realtor.  Why?  Because they are the experts in their field.  They have eyes that see things the average person cannot see.  They save us a lot of time, energy and money by helping us find the right choice or house to fit us perfectly.

If you are stuck, stalled or confused about what to do next in your career, consider one career session that will get to the root cause of your career pain… Visit www.activ8careers.com or call 314-966-3888.  In one meeting we will find out what works for you, what needs attention and what next steps you need to take in order to reach your career objective.

5.) Develop a measurable strategy – If you set a goal to save money for holiday spending, than you have to map out a plan. When it comes to saving money we adjust our budgets and then periodically revisit the process to make sure we reach our desired outcome.  If we find that we didn’t follow the strategic plan, we then have two choices. Identify where the process fell apart, learn from the experience or ditch the plan and just let life’s circumstances take over, which most likely will not give us the results we set out to accomplish. .

It is so important that you measure the progress of your career plan when seeking employment. If you are not sure about what specific career you want, then take the time to define and know your target.  You can’t hit the target if you keep moving it.


About the Author: david hults-2014
David Hults is a nationally known career coach and speaker, as well as a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University where he also completed graduate courses toward his MBA.  Since 1987, Hults is the author of five books, a CD coaching series and has created the most sought after interview flash card set, which makes the interview simplified and painless.  His experience in human resources led him to work for Express Scripts, a Fortune 500 company, as well as one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, BJC.  He has been coaching individuals for more than 20 years on how to break through individual roadblocks while also delivering speeches across the nation discussing how to manage change in careers and organizations today. For more information, visit his website at http://activ8careers.com




seminarpicFrom cybersecurity to networking, social media, nonprofit management, global entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and more, this spring the Walker School is offering an accelerated professional development seminar series.  Each course is structured to provide participants with fresh perspective and relevant insight that informs their leadership journey.

The seminars are open to undergraduate and graduate students as individual, one-credit hour courses. Community members and Webster University Alumni may also register for non-academic credit for a reduced per seminar.  Some seminars will be available for virtual participation to students around the world through a WebEx connection.

All seminars will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST at Webster University’s East Academic Building, 545 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63119. View the seminar schedule and learn more.

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On December 22, 2014, in Announcements, by Walker News

The Walker School is pleased to announce 2 new Graduate Certificates available to graduate students worldwide in Spring 2015:

Certificate in Project Management: Delivering complex projects on time and under budget is a daily challenge for most organizations. Many now use project-based methods to accomplish such tasks, resulting in a high demand for project managers. The Certificate in Project Management  is designed to provide a thorough examination of the different aspects of project management including project selection, organization structure, initialization, planning, control and termination.

Introduction to Project Management is available worldwide in Spring 1 as BUSN 5680 Issues in Business: Project Management. Students can register today to begin certificate requirements.

Certificate in Global Business: This certificate is designed to develop a new generation of globally-oriented leaders who can design viable business strategies and make business strategy that can contribute to the socio-economic development needs of emerging economies.  Students gain an opportunity to further explore and understand the global marketplace through coursework and a one week international travel experience.  More information including course schedules and requirements can be found online HERE.


patrick-rishe2014Dr. Patrick Rishe, Economics Professor at Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business, earned his fifth publication of 2014 for the paper, “Secondary Market Behavior during College Football’s Postseason: Evidence from the 2014 Rose Bowl and BCS Championship Game”.  The paper was co-authored with Dr. Brett Boyle of Saint Louis University and Dr. Jason Reese of Stephen F. Austin University. Their paper will appear in the International Journal of Sport Finance. Earlier works by Rishe in 2014 appeared in Sport Marketing Quarterly and the International Journal of Sport and Society.

In addition to these publication successes, Dr. Rishe’s consulting firm, Sportsimpacts, is currently engaged in Economic Impact Studies for the City of Williamsburg VA, the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, and the 2015 Michigan Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships.  

A recognized expert in the field of sports economics, Rishe continued his recent string of high-profile media engagements with an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on November 20.  The discussion centered around recent debate regarding the merits of widespread legalization of sports betting.

Join us in congratulating Professor Rishe on these accomplishments by tweeting him@DrPatSportsBiz.

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bjccohortsmallWebster University and BJC Healthcare hosted a recognition luncheon in honor of the first Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) cohort graduates on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the BJC Learning Institute.  This group of students began their program in January of 2012 meeting once a week at the Institute.

At the recognition luncheon, 17 graduates were honored. Russell Hoffmann III, Ph.D., Executive Director of Learning and Organizational Effectiveness for BJC HealthCare, welcomed the graduates and guests, congratulating them on a significant accomplishment.

Benjamin Ola Akande PhD., Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and Webster University’s Chief of Corporate Partnerships, presented the keynote speech. Dean Akande challenged everyone, “As you look ahead, may you be bold enough to clear your own pathway and may you muster the courage to find your arch.”

The Webster University MHA program is designed to help develop management and leadership skills while advancing an understanding of the health care delivery system. Students study topics in such areas as health administration law, health care financial management, human resources management and statistics. The cohort format has enabled BJC employees from across the organization to learn and share in a classroom setting.

Webster University offers MHA, MBA, MSN and RN-BSN cohort opportunities plus preferred tuition rates at BJC Healthcare through the Office of Corporate Partnerships. More information on how to apply can be found online here.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at BJC partners with local universities to offer 14 degree programs including the MHA, MBA, MSN and RN-BSN with Webster University. More information can be found online here.  

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Walker Speaker Series on HECTV

On December 4, 2014, in Announcements, Speakers, by Walker News

sslogoEach month, episodes from the Walker Speaker Series air on HECTV, St. Louis’ leading producer of education and arts television.  These episodes can be found on:

Charter Cable (In St. Louis City & County)
Channel 989 (with converter box)
Channel 108.26 or 118.26 (for digital TV’s)

AT&T U-verse
Channel 99

On Air
Channel 2.2

In addition to airing on HECTV, past presentations from the Walker Speaker Series are viewable on the Walker School’s website.  Browse the list of past Speaker Series presenters for insights on leadership, transformation, innovation and more.

In December, the following episodes will air on HECTV:

Globalization and Careers – Dec. 2 and Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

What Made a Lawyer Decide to Start a Brewery – Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

Research and Innovation:  Using Knowledge to Create Change – Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

When You’ve Visited Every Country:  Tales from the Ultimate Globetrotter – Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 26 at 8 p.m.


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Give Small Business Big Gains

On November 26, 2014, in In the News, St. Louis Business Community, by Walker News

Owner, PhotographerIn the latest edition of Ladue News, Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School, shares his perspective on the benefits of shopping small this holiday season.




Connect the Dots: Give Small Business Big Gains

For The Alpine Shop, a retail establishment that specializes in backpacking and camping gear, Small Business Saturday, or the Saturday after Thanksgiving, has become the official kick-off day for holiday shopping. To entice customers, The Alpine Shop, which has stores in Kirkwood, Chesterfield and O’Fallon, Illinois, works with suppliers to drop prices on popular brands by as much as 30 percent.

Traditionally, many big suppliers wait until the week before Christmas to drop prices, but The Alpine Shop’s strategy has paid off handsomely. In recent years, the chain has doubled its sales and attracted twice as many customers during Small Business Days as on Black Fridays.

Millions of small businesses around the country are discovering that Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick-off the holiday shopping season. It also is a wonderful way for customers to support local small business and help boost their city’s economy.

In 2012, consumers spent $5.5 billion at local small businesses and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, according to a survey conducted by American Express and the National Federation of Independent business, a Washington, D.C. trade association.

When you shop at a small business, there’s a good chance you’re supporting a neighbor, friend, church member or old schoolmate. There’s also a good chance you’re helping create job opportunities in your community. In effect, by spending with a local business, you are more likely to have an immediate and meaningful impact on your local community than if you spend with a big-box, multi-national retailer that’s susceptible to the whims of Wall Street.

Small businesses, defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as enterprises with fewer than 500 employees, are the engine of our nation’s economy. They are the biggest job-creators and account for half of the private sector GDP. According to the SBA, in 2011, there were 28.2 million small businesses in the U.S. Small businesses accounted for 63 percent of net new jobs created between 1993 and 2013, and 60 percent of new jobs created after the recession, according to the SBA.

This year, several business districts in the Greater St. Louis region are hosting an array of events to promote small businesses in their communities prior to Small Business Days and throughout the holiday season. On Nov. 29, the City of St. Louis will host a St. Louis Holiday Magic festival, an event that will feature a variety of entertainment and shopping. Several exhibitors will be in attendance, including vendors who will offer gift ideas.

Maplewood and Brentwood have posted Small Business Saturday events on their websites. At many of these events, the downtown boutiques and restaurants of these cities will offer gifts, drawings, treats and discounts.

But supporting local businesses shouldn’t just be confined to festive time, even though most businesses make the bulk of their revenues during that period; it ought to be a year-round endeavor.

For this forthcoming Small Business Day, local small businesses should endeavor to draw customers in with head-turning decorations and aggressive online media promotion. Once inside, they should cultivate them by offering great products and service, coupons, refreshments and opportunities to win gifts. They also should strive to engage customers year-round.

This way, the customer, small business and the community win.

notabene2014Notabene 2014, the Walker School’s annual magazine, has received silver-level recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The 2014 edition of Notabene is entitled, “Finding Our Arch,” and the stories in this edition highlight the accomplishments of Walker School students, faculty and alumni from around the world. View the 2014 edition of Notabene.

“Finding Our Arch” was among 442 entries submitted for consideration in CASE District VI’s Institutional Awards Program. This awards program showcases best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events and outstanding communications. CASE District VI represents professionals and institutions in the Midwest region, including: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Experts from all disciplines throughout the district judge the entries.

Gina Tarte, director of communications for the Walker School, wrote and edited the publication, Michael Kilfoy, owner of StudioX, designed the publication, and Rebecca Barr, owner of TuSquare Studio, provided the photography.

CASE District VI will recognize the Walker School’s annual magazine on January 12 at the Higher Expectations Conference in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about CASE District VI.

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Professor Rishe’s Research Selected for Publication

On November 24, 2014, in In the News, by Walker News

Patrick Rishe, PhD
Professor of Economics

Patrick Rishe, PhD, professor of economics at Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business, has earned his fourth publication of 2014 for the paper, “How Event Significance, Pent-up Demand, Playoff Saturation and Fan Euphoria Can Impact Baseball’s Postseason Secondary Market Behavior.” Rishe penned this paper with co-authors Dr. Brett Boyle of Saint Louis University and Jason Reese of Stephen F. Austin University. Their paper will appear in the Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization. Earlier works by Rishe in 2014 appeared in Sport Marketing Quarterly and the International Journal of Sport and Society.

In addition to his publication success, Rishe has been retained to assess the economic impact of the 2014 Quick Lane College Bowl game, which will be played in Detroit, Michigan on December 26. The City of Williamsburg, Virginia has also tendered his services to assess the economic impact of various large youth sporting events hosted by the region.

A recognized expert in the field of sports economics, Rishe continued his recent string of high-profile media engagements with an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on November 20.  The discussion centered around recent debate regarding the merits of widespread legalization of sports betting.

Join us in congratulating Professor Rishe on these accomplishments by tweeting him @DrPatSportsBiz.